ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 25, 2006 – Air Force Office of Scientific Research officials recently traveled to Atlanta where they completed their yearly Joint Program Review of basic research funded projects.
Hundreds of notable researchers and scientists from throughout the United States attended this year’s program representing universities, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the federal and private sectors.
According to Dr. John D. Schmisseur, an Air Force Office of Scientific Research program manager and conference co-host, the Joint Program Review benefits the Air Force by providing an opportunity for cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration among members of Air Force Materiel Command’s Air Force Research Laboratory.
“During the review, Air Force Research Laboratory personnel receive updates on progress, accomplishments, and breakthroughs concerning funded research,” Schmisseur said.
Air Force program managers also use the Joint Program Review to assess the overall strength of their basic research portfolios.
In addition, the review nurtures opportunities for scientific peer reviews in an open forum and encourages collaborative solution development among the researchers – an important layer of scientific discovery and innovation.
Major topic areas covered during the review included physical mathematics and applied analysis, plasma aerodynamics and magneto hydrodynamics, boundary layer physics, numerical methods, flow control, turbo machinery flows, cooperative control, shear layer flows, and control for space systems.
Many of the Joint Program Review research projects in progress continue to show great potential for future Air Force application.
For example, a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new approach to the task assignment process of unmanned aerial vehicles operating in uncertain dynamic environments.
The approach has to do with such factors as target cost, time variance, and target-to-UAV distances.
In another funded project, a team at the University of Iowa has been developing numerical methods and a computer code focused on high-speed munitions impact.